Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

What time is it? Let’s ask Snook the sloth! For those unfamiliar with the arboreal edentate, he was the star of the PBS Kids show It’s A Big, Big World, which debuted in 2006. And now his furry face graces a clock in our Community Engagement department, ever ready to tell you the hour and minute of the day. Interestingly enough, the clock does not run slow.

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Sounds Familiar

“It makes me sick to my stomach that that bastard is out there somewhere, breathing, eating, living, while Julie-Ann is in the mortuary being prodded and poked and sliced open. Help me help her.” – WPC Jane Tennison (Stefanie Martini) to an uncooperative witness on Prime Suspect: Tennison

Where Do I Know That Actor?

For the time being, Sunday nights belong to Masterpiece as the evening consists of My Mother And Other Strangers, Grantchester and, now, Prime Suspect: Tennison. It’s the latter Masterpiece Mystery! series that I’ll tackle this week because there were several familiar faces that viewers may know from other programs.

We’ll start with our star, Stefanie Martini. She plays the young Jane Tennison, a role made famous by Helen Mirren in the original series. Martini has only a few credits to her name at this point (Prime Suspect: Tennison may indeed be her breakout role) and there’s nothing major you may know her from on UNC-TV. However, since this is all about connections, I’ll note she did appear on a season three episode of Endeavour (“Prey”) as Georgina Mortmaigne.

Alun Armstrong was career criminal Clifford Bentley. You may recognize the name since I mentioned him a few weeks back when he portrayed Joanna Froggatt’s stepfather in Dark Angel. Armstrong has also appeared in several Masterpiece presentations over the years – Little DorritAristocratsOliver Twist, David Copperfield and Bleak House. Armstrong also played retired copper Brian Lane in the series New Tricks.

Nancy Carroll played Mary Collins but she’ll be best known to UNC-TV viewers as Lady Felicia on Father Brown. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Singer Andrea Bocelli performs at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy as the Landmarks series continues. Tune in Friday night at 10 on UNC-TV for Andrea Bocelli – Landmarks In Concert: A Great Performances Special.

As anyone with a love for TV knows, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss breathed new life into a character from the 19th century with Sherlock. Now the BBC wants the duo to tackle literature’s most famous vampire.

Now that summer’s here, take a dip in one of the Tar Heel State’s unusual resort communities. Catch the waves at White Lake: Remembering The Nation’s Safest Beach – Thursday night at 10 on the North Carolina Channel.

On the off chance you’re in London next month, you might want to take in a special performance by Monty Python’s John Cleese. All proceeds go to benefit Denville Hall, a retirement home for those in the theatrical profession. Continue reading